Erectile dysfunction can be the hardest thing for a man to talk about. While experts constantly encourage men to open up about a condition which – according to some estimates – affects one in four men, it remains a subject hidden from view.
But science is beginning to catch up. Now, a new large-scale clinical trial is taking place. It’s researching potential treatments that could help men living with erectile dysfunction.
MAC Clinical Research, an award-winning clinical trials company, needs you to join the ranks of men rising up to volunteer to help medical research trialing a new medication that may help initiate and maintain an erection.
What does the trial involve?
By joining countless others and becoming a clinical trial volunteer, you may be able to help yourself and future generations; making your mark on medical history.
You’ll also receive a payment up to £680 for your time and commitment to the trial. Plus, advancements in healthcare might be made with your help. Key eligibility criteria include:
- Males aged 18-59
- Has erectile dysfunction but is otherwise healthy
Your contribution could help unlock the mysteries that surround this condition. You could also help to provide a breakthrough treatment for millions of men worldwide.
The need for research
“It is important to understand that there can be a number of triggers for erectile dysfunction. This can include obesity and alcohol consumption,” explains Dr John Connell at MAC Clinical Research.
“Working on a few simple lifestyle changes could help men improve the situation, as could open and frank discussions with their partner on how, together, they can reduce performance stress. In addition to these approaches, men can obtain a range of medical treatments that can help them to maintain an erection, such as Viagra.”
Dr Connell explains, however that while these treatments work well for large numbers of people – and can make a significant difference to men’s sexual performance – “they do not work adequately in around 40% of men. This is particularly true when the ED is secondary to other medical conditions such as depression, neuropathy, or diabetes.”
This cements the need for further work and research.
Help beat erectile dysfunction
By joining this clinical trial with MAC, you would be part of medical research that’s investigating a new treatment for a condition which affects more than 150 million men around the world. This figure is set to increase to more than 320 million by 2025, due to an ageing population and an increase in lifestyle illnesses.
The study will run over two months. The research requires eligible volunteers to visit their nearest MAC clinic seven times as an outpatient. (The MAC clinics are located in Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, South Staffordshire, Teesside, South Yorkshire, and West Yorkshire.)
“MAC Clinical Research is trialling medication that has been developed to target erectile dysfunction,” explains Dr Connell. “This novel treatment acts both centrally (on the brain) and in the periphery (in the muscles and veins). It is believed this dual approach will both help with the initiation of an erection, as well as maintaining it for a longer period of time.”
To find out more information about the clinical trials and how you can get involved, visit MAC Clinical Research.
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